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Wednesday March 23, 2011

Architect Award Recipient Looks to Curb Homelessness with “Haven for Hope” Project

Architect Award Recipient Looks to Curb Homelessness with “Haven for Hope” Project

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Like the years before, the American Institute of Architects housing awards were given to those who showed a functional grasp of urban sustainability traits, but this year, there was a real stand-out. One award recipient’s housing design looks to give hope to the homeless.

The Haven for Hope project out of San Antonio, Texas, is working to not only provide the homeless with a place to stay, but also provide education, job training, and behavior health services. A “best practice study reviewing the homeless services in 12 states and over 200 shelter operation” was conducted by Haven, and

According to their site, the campus, which is currently working with 78 non-profit and government Partner Agencies, is the “largest comprehensive Homeless Transformation Campus” in America.

A “best practice study reviewing the homeless services in 12 states and over 200 shelter operation” was conducted by Haven before the project was started. The now 15-building campus sits on 37 acres, and has almost half a million square feet of roofed service space. The buildings used, were actually old abandoned warehouses

The Haven For Hope campus, which resembles a scaled down city, can provide housing for roughly 1600 people at a time, and was created to not just give the homeless a home, but to address and treat the root causes of homelessness.

The campus researched and traveled the country to find “the best practices in the world of homeless services,” and developed seven guiding principles to ensure the success of Haven.

1. Change the culture of warehousing to a culture of transformation
2. Co-locate and integrate as many services as possible
3. Master case management
4. Reward good decision-making
5. Consequences for bad decision-making
6. Align as many external services with the campus as possible
7. Separate the panhandlers from the truly homeless


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